Wind LIDAR using Koheras lasers

Wind LIDAR (a portmanteau of "light" and "radar") is a technique where low-noise laser light is used to measure wind speed and direction with high accuracy.

Build a laser anemometry system

The accurate prediction of energy yield is vital to the success of wind farm projects. Wind data has traditionally been collected – with great difficulty – using expensive anemometry masts and numerous measurement points.

Raising an anemometry mast results in several negative issues such as the need for building permits, environmental concerns as well as health & safety concerns.

Using laser anemometry instead provide complete wind resource management including horizontal and vertical wind speed, direction and turbulence. All the data wind farms need to pick the optimal location for new wind turbines – but without having to build a mast.

When making a laser anemometry system, one of the biggest challenges is to identify a laser source with very low intensity and phase-noise which can detect the very weak signal coming back from a Doppler-shift reflection.

Robust, reliable, and high sensitivity

To deliver accurate wind measurements, the laser source must be robust, and its optical performance must be insensitive to structural and acoustic vibrations. Built as a DFB truly single-frequency fiber laser, the Koheras fiber laser fulfills all the criteria for WIND LIDAR applications.

Our fiber laser design is inherently compact and robust. It is developed for a long lifetime in demanding environments where uptime is critical. With documented low failure rates, we proudly deliver the most reliable low noise lasers on the market.

We have more than 10,000 Koheras lasers deployed in the harshest environments on – and off – the planet. We have lasers on oil-rigs, in submarines, on wind turbines, and even in space. With 20 years of experience, we know they last.

Features

  • Proven reliability with industrial fiber laser design
  • Precise measurements for wind farm site assessment
  • Low laser noise and high power providing truly precise measurements of wind speed and direction

 

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